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The National Curriculum of England and Wales is prescribed by the UK Government and is mandatory for all government maintained schools in England and Wales. It consists of 3 core subjects (English, Maths and Science), plus 8 foundation subjects (History, Geography, Art and Design, Foreign Language, Computing, Design and Technology, Music and Physical Education) with detailed syllabus with learning objectives for each subject. There is also a requirement for all schools to teach Religious Education.

Private schools are not bound to follow the National Curriculum but in general they choose to, supplementing it with other areas of study as they see fit. As a comparison, Prep schools generally offer double the amount of curriculum time in music and modern foreign languages than state schools do, and phenomenally more sport and drama. 

Very few schools in the UK offer completely different curriculums. There are a very small number of schools that offer the Primary Years Programme and even fewer that offer programmes from other countries; see our page on International schools for more details.

When choosing a prep school for your child, a really important consideration is how well that school will prepare them for the Common Entrance Examinations at ages 11 or 13 to enable them to successfully enter their senior school of first choice. 

Some Prep schools have a carefully planned scholarship stream which prepares children for scholarship entrance exams to elite senior schools. Others have extensive experience in securing art or sport scholarships. Contact us for further information on finding the right school for your child: telephone +44 (0)1622 813870, or complete an enquiry form.

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